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Orthodontic Aligner Therapies Continuum: Diagnosis, Design, Manufacturing, Delivery and Retention

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST

$400.00 – $4,250.00
Dr. Christopher Riolo


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Dates: February 24, 2023, March 24, 2023, April 7, 2023 and June 9, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Subject Codes: Orthodontics (370)
Credit Hours: 32 Participation Credits
Delivery: In-Person Lecture & Hands-On Workshop
Location: Washington AGD Global Education Center, 19415 International Blvd, Fourth Floor, SeaTac, WA 98188


Includes a light breakfast, lunch, parking, and all hands-on materials are provided for in-person attendees.

  • AGD Member Dentists: $3600
  • Non-AGD Member Dentists: $4250
  • AGD Member Student: $3000

Course Description

Many general dentists may be reluctant to provide orthodontic treatment using traditional bands, brackets, and wires. Orthodontic treatment using clear aligner therapy creates an opportunity to add value to the care we offer our patients predictably, minimizing adverse sequelae. In-house fabrication of aligners allows the practitioner greater control and flexibility; at the same time minimizing the cost of integrating orthodontic treatment into our clinics.

Introduction of intraoral scanning in the orthodontic clinic has resulted in an inevitable transition from analog to digital workflow. This transition to digital orthodontics along with 3D printing offers opportunities to add value to the care the general dentist offers their patients by cost effectively integrating clear aligner orthodontic therapy in the clinic as a stand alone treatment as well as an adjunct to facilitate other restorative and periodontal therapies.

This continuum will present a review of technology and digital workflow for the plaster less orthodontic office including; 3D printing technology and the STL editing applications associated with 3D printing. We will focus on the workflow and equipment required to fabricate orthodontic aligners in-house including orthodontic appliance fabrication using printed models and interdisciplinary treatment planning using digital setups.

Participants will utilize intraoral scanners and planning software to diagnose their patient’s orthodontics needs. From there, treatment planning software will be utilized to set up cases and produce models via 3D printing. Aligners then will be fabricated for each orthodontic step in the treatment plan. Finally, when completed removable or fixed retainers will be fabricated and delivered. This course will be delivered via lecture, hands-on exercises, and live patient care. One full day will be dedicated to staff training to improve office efficiency and reduce aligner fabrication costs.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Recognise and diagnose appropriate cases for orthodontic treatment via aligners.
  • Describe the workflow associated with the planning and fabrication of in-house aligners.
  • Describe the clinical aligner workflow required to design, deliver, track the progress of patients throughout aligner therapy.
  • Describe and implement various final retention options including both fixed and removable retainers.

During this course, participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and acquire information regarding:

  1.  Intraoral scanning and STL editing and manipulation
  2. 3D printers, various printing technology, and the implementation of printing workflow in the dental office.
  3. Use orthodontic planning software to create setups used in interdisciplinary treatment and aligner fabrication.
  4. Fabrication of in-house aligners as well as removable and fixed retainers
  5. Clinical techniques such as Interproximal recontouring, auxiliary placement (hooks, cut-outs and attachments) and the armamentarium required for these clinical procedures.
  6. Staff workflow and training requirements to efficiently implement aligner therapy in your clinic.
  7. Progress or final case presentations

Module Agenda

Friday, February 24, 2023: (doctors only)
Case selection, Live patient scanning, Planning Software
• Morning: Case selection and introduction to aligner fabrication workflow and staging software
• Afternoon: Case submission, Setup exercises, Staging and STL exporting
• Homework: complete patient setup
Friday, March 24, 2023: (doctors only)
3D printing workflow, staging cases.
• Morning: Intro to 3DP technology and digital workflow
• Afternoon: Review completed set up, Stage patient case, Plan auxiliaries, Export and Print (or submit to SS for printing), IPR and auxiliaries’ lecture
Friday, April 7, 2023: (doctors and one dental assistant) *Additional dental assistants can be purchased for $400 per person for this module only.
Aligner fabrication and packaging, armamentarium, attachments/IPR, deliver to patients.
• Morning: Fabrication, packaging (auxiliaries/IPR)
• Afternoon: Optional deliver appliances to patients, continue fabrication, Pontics, Clinical problem solving
Friday, June 9, 2023: (doctors only)
• Case presentations, problem solving, retention

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Christopher Riolo

Christopher Riolo


Dr. Riolo received his DDS from the University of Michigan. He received his Specialty Certificate and MS in Orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy. He subsequently returned to the University of Michigan where he completed a PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health. Dr Riolo currently has academic appointments at the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Washington dental schools. He was the course director of the interdisciplinary seminar and interdisciplinary clinic segment for 7 years at the University of Washington.

Dr Riolo is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He maintains a completely digital private practice consisting of 95% adult patients; emphasizing the use of lingual appliances and in-house clear aligners to provide aesthetic orthodontic treatment options to this adult patient population. Dr. Riolo publishes and lectures on topics related to lingual orthodontics, 3D printing and orthodontic digital workflow.


February 24
8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
$400.00 – $4,250.00


Washington Academy of General Dentistry
(206) 212-4969
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Washington AGD Global Educational Center
19415 International Blvd, #410
SeaTac, WA 98188 United States
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19415 International Blvd Ste 410
SeaTac, WA 98188-5366
AGD Provider ID # 219331
(206) 212-4969

Nationally Approved From 6/1/2018 – 5/31/2024
Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD Credit Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.

The Washington AGD Continuing Dental Education Committee gratefully acknowledges corporate partners of our programs for their generous support. CE program providers and instructors will disclose to participants any monetary or other special interest the program provider may have with any corporate partners products they are discussing in CE activities. Disclosure will be made in publicity materials and at the beginning of the presentation itself in accordance with our PACE Commerical Support Guidelines.